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IAGE Exchange: BEP University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
None
Internship:
No
Housing:
Dormitory
Illinois Sponsor:
Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
The University of Birmingham
Program Description:
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Program Specific Information

Academic Environment
Onsite Support
Accommodation
Application Process
Resources and Contact Information
P
rogram Dates

General Study Abroad Information

Program Cost, Financial Aid & Scholarships (*Please note that program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheet" link at the top of this page.)
Health & Safety Information
Passport/Visa Information

 

 

Academic Environment

What is a British Exchange Program (BEP)?

British Exchange Programs are the largest and oldest exchange programs at the University of Illinois.  Students from all majors and minors are welcome to participate in a BEP, and can choose to enroll for a semester or an academic year at several universities in England, Scotland, and Wales. British Exchange Programs offer a wide selection of academic subjects, and they are some of the most affordable study abroad program options.  A British Exchange Program is a great fit for any student who wants to live and learn alongside British students, while continuing the Illinois exchange tradition within the United Kingdom.


Where you will study

The University of Birmingham was founded in 1900 and is home to nearly 30,000 students.  It was named University of the Year in 2014, and the National Student Survey of the same year indicated an 88% student satisfaction rating and 90% satisfaction with teaching.  Birmingham is home to 8 Nobel Prize winners, and is well-known for its innovation (it was the first university to create a students' union, incorpoate at medical school, and expand sports opportunities to all students).  Click here to see why students think that the University of Birmingham is a great place to live and study.

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Courses

In the UK, courses are called "modules".  Modules can be available for the semester or the full academic year.

Before applying for study abroad, all students are encouraged to discuss their interest in study abroad with their academic advisor, and to determine when study abroad best fits within their degree program.  For more information about the available courses at the University of Birmingham, visit the Birmingham course catalog.  For a listing of courses that already have Illinois equivalencies, please visit the University of Illinois Course Approval Database.

Restricted and high-demand courses: please be aware that there are some courses that are restricted from study abroad and exchange students.  In addition, it may be difficult to enroll in high-demand courses due to limited class space.  For details about restricted and high-demand courses, click here.  All students should aim to be as flexible as possible with their schedule for study abroad, to accommodate for limited class space and timetable clashes.

Unique opportunities: The Liberal Arts & Sciences program at the University of Birmingham offers a number of excursions and guest lectures throughout the semeser.  Exchange students studying abroad at Birmingham are permitted to enroll and participate in these courses.  For more information please click on the following leaflet: 
Liberal Arts and Sciences Study Abroad Leaflet.pdf

Students can earn up to 36 hours of credit for the academic year and 12-18 hours of credit per semester.
 

Class size

Classes are taught mixing lectures, seminars, tutorials, labs and fieldwork for a full learning experience. Similar to that of the University of Illinois, class sizes will vary at this large institution. Large lectures are accompanied by smaller discussions, which range from 15-30 students per classroom.


Language

All classes in this program will be taught in English.


Student Life

The University of Birmingham students' union (known as the Guild of Students) is home to over 170 groups and societies.  The North American Cultural Society may be of particular interest to Illinois students studying at Birmingham.  For students who may be missing the comforts of home, NACS celebrates American holidays!  

Birmingham students enjoy social events throughout the year: sports nights, Fab N Fresh, weekend trips, and the annual Grand Ball.  On-campus pubs, cafes, and restaurants often hold student events throughout the week).

Off campus, students can enjoy the many sights, tastes, and smells that the city of Birmingham has to offier.  Curry-lovers can enjoy a food tour of the Balti Triangle, arts enthusiasts can explore the Ikon Gallery, concert venues of all shapes and sizes are available for music fans, and the Bullring Shopping Centre can satisfy any need for retail therapy.

It's no surprise that 40% of Birmingham's undergraduates remain in the city to live and work, and Birmingham has the largest population of residents under the age of 25 in Europe.

 

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Onsite Support

International Student Office

The University of Birmingham has its own international student office to assist with local issues (class scheduling, housing, etc.) and to occasionally plan social events. Find out more about University of Birmingham’s international student office by clicking here.

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Accommodation

Study abroad students are guaranteed accommodation at Birmingham.  Students can choose from 3 villages - The Vale, Selly Oak, and Pritchatts Park - all of which are near to campus.  Most villages are self-catered, but students who prefer a meal plan can opt to live in the Vale Village.  For students who want to get to know locals students, the villages are a great way to accomplish this goal! For more information on accommodation options, click here.


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Application Process

Eligibility

Minimum Eligibility for ALL Terms:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed 2 university semesters at the time of application

Dates and Deadlines
 
All requirements must be completed by the Illinois Abroad office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date.

Spring Semester Programs:  September 15 
Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs: February 15


How to Apply
 
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Systems Fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.

This program has a two-step application process:

Step 1.) The Illinois Abroad application, which includes:
  • Official transcript (electronic version preferred)
  • 1 letter of recommendation (must be from an Illinois academic advisor, TA, or professor)
  • Personal essay
  • Online questionnaires
Only application materials for Step 1 must be turned in by the corresponding term’s deadlines as listed above.

Step 2.) The Host University Application
  • Upon reviewing applications submitted in Step 1, the Illinois Abroad office will nominate students to apply directly to their host university (i.e. University of Birmingham).  If you are nominated for the University of Birmingham program, your study abroad advisor will contact you with more information and instructions.
  • PLEASE DO NOT COMPLETE STEP 2 UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.
 
 
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Resources and Contact Information

Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
12:00pm (noon)  - 4:00 pm
Illinois Abroad Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)
 
First Steps Info Sessions:
Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.
 
Program Contact Info

Mike Nelson
sao-europe@illinois.edu
112 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-6322
Reception hours: 9:00 am - 4:45 pm



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Program Dates

Please review the program dates table below:


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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2017 09/15/2016
09/15/2016 01/04/2017 06/16/2017
Fall Semester 2017 02/15/2017
02/16/2017 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/15/2017
02/16/2017 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017 09/15/2017 TBA TBA

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